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Illya
Kvasha
UkraineUkraine, UKR
Male
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 March 1988
Height
176 cm
Weight
73 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Ilona
Residence
Kiev, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Physical Education, Sport Studies - Mykolayiv State University: Ukraine

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving at age eight in Mykolayiv, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
In 1996 a swimming pool was opened in Mykolayiv, Ukraine. He lived close by and decided to try diving. "In the beginning they didn't want to accept me into the group - I was tall, taller than other kids, and also maybe I was not in the best shape physically. My mother asked the trainers to give me one more chance."
Club / Team
Central Sports Club of the Armed Forces: Ukraine
Name of coach
Tatiana Marianko, UKR, from 1998

International Debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Ukraine

General Interest

Hobbies
Cars, cycling, go-kart racing, books, billiards, music. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 3m synchronised springboard at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2017)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 01 Feb 2016)
Hero / Idol
Russian diver Dmitri Sautin. (wumag.kiev.ua, 31 Mar 2008)
Injuries
He sustained a head injury during the 2011 Ukrainian Championships in Kiev. During one of his dives he hit the springboard with his head, lost consciousness and sank to the bottom of the pool. He was taken to hospital and required four stitches. He also had to work with a psychologist in order to reach the same level he had been performing at before the accident. "After such [an injury] people often quit their sport. But before me loomed London 2012, and I clung to my chance." (sport.lb.ua, 07 Mar 2013; niknews.mk.ua, 10 Jul 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you want to win the whole world, you should first win yourself." (mycity.mk.ua, 22 Feb 2013)
Awards and honours
He has been named Athlete of the Month by the Ukrainian Olympic Committee three times in his career. (xsport.ua, 23 Aug 2017)

In 2008 he was decorated with the Order for Courage of Ukraine. (zakon3.rada.gov.ua, 04 Sep 2008)

He holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 30 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In September 2013 a Ukrainian television network launched a show in which he taught celebrities from the country the sport of diving. (niknews.mk.ua, 05 Aug 2013)

TATTOO
He has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on his right shoulder. (sport.lb.ua, 07 Mar 2013)

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